Meetings are held throughout the year (usually on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or a Wednesday evening) and are announced on our facebook page (see below this article) and in our member newsletter sent by email.
At some meetings we hold a $5 raffle with some great prizes up for grabs - usually gift vouchers from marine aquarium stores, but sometimes marine aquarium-related goods and live corals and other animals.
At each meeting, members sometimes bring along frags of corals to swap as part of the MASWA Coral Trading Forum.
What happens during the meetings?
Our meetings are generally informal, but they do follow a rough plan. Non-members and visitors are very welcome at our events.
The President quickly welcomes everyone to the meeting, and covers any announcements, news in the hobby, or upcoming events.
The President then hands over to the Host who discusses his/her aquarium, explains how it is set up and any particular problems or successes associated with it. The President and Host Talks are the only parts where members are expected to stop and listen but together they usually only take up 10-20 minutes of the meet.
There may be a workshop or demonstration, or members just talk about hobby-related issues with each other, look at and discuss the host's aquarium, swaps hints and tips, ask for advice from or give advice to other members, organise dive/snorkelling excursions, and so on. The monthly meetings are a great opportunity to see different tank setups, to give you ideas for your own.
If you have a problem with your tank or would like your water tested, just approach any committee member for help, and we will gladly assist.
The meetings generally wind up after around 2 hours, however members are free to leave whenever they wish.
Guest Speaker Meetings
We try to organise guest speakers for several meetings each year. Speakers include individuals involved in the aquaculture industry, pathologists, photographers or anyone else who has a topic of interest which relates to our hobby.
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